“Ignorance is bliss,” the poet Thomas Gray wrote 275 years ago, referring to the joyful innocence of youth.
It’s decidedly less appealing in the form of a factually illiterate senator hectoring a hearing witness, as happened this week when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) attempted her typical badgering routine based on her own misunderstanding.
Warren betrayed in her questions to Lori Reilly, who was representing the pharmaceutical drug industry, a complete misunderstanding of the difference between a drug patent, which has a term of 20 years, and a separate 5-year data exclusivity period granted by the government under some circumstances.
As Reilly attempted to explain this distinction, Warren interjected: “Try the story on someone else who’s going to be willing to listen to it.”
Try your facts elsewhere, subject matter expert, this senator cannot be bothered.
Then, seeming to realize she was in hot water, Warren panic exited, quickly yielding her remaining questioning time before Reilly was ever able to correct the record.
Now, you wouldn’t expect the average person to know all of the different legal protections available for intellectual property and how they apply to various classes of pharmaceutical drugs. But you would expect a United States senator trying to portray an industry as an evil villain to have command over the basic facts of what she’s talking about.
And you would especially expect that senator, when confronted with their embarrassing ignorance on the subject they are in the process of demagoguing, not to respond by telling a congressional hearing witness they “aren’t willing to listen to it.”
According to her questions, Warren could stand to do some substantial listening about how the drug industry works.
Before even arriving at her moment of proud obliviousness, Warren had already butchered the issues in service of a tidy anti-market narrative.
She started with the liberal canard that free-market advocates should endorse drug reimportation, since it would be increasing competition.
Perhaps we shouldn’t assume she knows why this is asinine and stupid, given the subsequent back-and-forth, but anyone with basic literacy in health policy does. Since almost every other country on earth imposes price controls on drugs, drug reimportation would simply bring the artificial and arbitrary foreign government-set prices to the U.S.
Then Warren continued on the same path, demanding drug price “negotiation” to lower prices. Again, this rhetoric is normally deployed cynically, since 1) a government “negotiating” when it also regulates and taxes the industry it’s negotiating with is utterly unlike any other market participant, and 2) the Congressional Budget Office has formally scored this as saving zero dollars, but it’s possible Warren simply doesn’t know that.
Perhaps before the next time, she goes for the jugular in a hearing, Warren will learn something about the subject she’s talking about.
Megan Barth is the founder and proprietor of ReaganBabe.com and a nationally recognized political commentator. She is a weekly cohost for WAR-The Wayne Allyn Root Show out of Las Vegas.
HUGE: Court Documents Reveal Shot Kenosha Rioter Joseph Rosenbaum Was a Convicted Child Rapist
Convicted pedophile Joseph Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation at the Kenosha riots.
New court documents of the Pima County, Arizona circuit court reveal that Joseph Rosenbaum was convicted of various sex crimes against children in Arizona in 2002.
Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation while rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. He is seen on camera lunging at 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who eventually shot him, claiming he acted in self defense when Rosenbaum attempted to take the AR-15 rifle he was carrying. Rittenhouse attempted to flee the scene, and was pursued by two other rioters, one armed with a gun. He tripped and fell, and when the other rioters assailed him, he shot them both. Rosenbaum and one other rioter were killed, and a third wounded. Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree murder in the shootings.
Watch video of the shootings and decide for yourself.
Shortly after Rosenbaum was identified as one of the deceased individuals, it became public knowledge that he was on the Wisconsin sex offender registry, for crimes committed in Arizona.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) August 27, 2020
The man who may very well have set off the violent altercation is a convicted pedophile, judging from the court documents that were published Wednesday. A presentence report reveals that Rosenbaum committed a range of sex crimes against several boys from the ages of nine to eleven years old, including outright rape.
More documents reveal the legal proceedings against Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum would be convicted of two of the eleven total charges.
Some leftists had speculated that Rosenbaum was merely a victim of the criminal justice system upon the revelation that he was a convicted sex offender, claiming he had been merely been railroaded for sexual activity with his 17-year old girlfriend as an adult, or something of the like. The new documents disprove such an assertion, demonstrating that Rosenbaum was convicted for some of the most heinous child sex crimes known to society, including the outright rape of children.
Previous criminal records of parties involved in use-of-force incidences aren’t usually admissible in court cases, but Rittenhouse’s argument of self defense appears more credible when his word is placed against the conduct of a convicted pedophile.
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